Thousands Demonstrate in Nazareth to Celebrate May Day

Thousands of Arabs and Jews gathered in Nazareth on Saturday morning, April 30, to take part in the city’s annual May Day march organized by Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI). While keeping with the tradition of commemorating International Workers’ Day, the demonstrators also marched against the occupation as well as Israel’s repression of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the racist and neo-liberal social and economic policies of Bennet’s government. Together the participants called for justice, peace, and workers’ rights.

Joint List leader MK Ayman Odeh, along with MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash – Joint List) the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Israel Adel Amer and leading CPI activists Mohammed Barakeh (chairman of the High Follow-up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel) and former MKs Dov Khenin, Issam Makhoul and Afo Agabarieh, during the May Day march in Nazareth, last Saturday, April 30, 2022 (Photo: Zo Haderech)

Among those who participated in Saturday’s march were the Secretary General of the CPI, Adel Amer, leading party activist, Mohammed Barakeh, chairman of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, Secretary General of Hadash Mansour Dehamshe, former MK and current head of the Emile Touma center, Issam Makhoul and former Hadash MKs Dov Khenin, Afo Agbarieh and Abdallah Abu Ma’arouf.

The march ended around midday and was followed by a rally at the Mary’s Well Square where speakers addressed those gathered, stressing the determination of Hadash and the CPI to meet the challenges of an even more reactionary government under Prime Minister Naftali Bennet. At the end of the rally members of the Communist Party sang the “International”.

On Friday and Tuesday, several hundred people also marched in Tel-Aviv and the Western Galilee to mark International Workers’ Day – May Day. Other May Day activities were held on Sunday in Jerusalem and Haifa.